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Some things to think about; I skied telemark only for about 20+ years, now I ski AT (and Alpine/downhill). Touring and climbing efficiency requires a relatively friction free pivot (a 'touring" mode and a lock-down toe), so, since you starting fresh, make sure you get one of those (I use Voile Switchbacks for tele with plastic boots and 3-pins with light weight boots). But no tele setup can compare to Dynafit AT bindings for the up. I spent years trying to prove waxless skis could climb well. Well, every waxless ski I have also has skins. Waxless skis can't compare to tele/AT skis on the downhill. I still use a karhu guide (waxless, I used them today) with Dynafit Radical Speed binding for Nordic ski patrol--they kick and glide as well as any tele setup (but not as well as NNN-BC or SNS-BC on groomed trails); my Dynafit TLT5 boots are substantially lighter and with removable tongues, so much easier climbing than any plastic tele boot. So in addition to a free-pivot binding, if you plan to climb and ski slopes above 15 degrees, particularly with ice or crust or fine powder, I suggest you get a good tele/AT ski, geared to your weight and the kind of skiing you wish to do (I have AT skis that are 76, 80, and 98 mm at the waist and use the latter almost all the time--except in corn snow--in the bc). The T2X is a fine boot and should handle any ski you would choose; it might overpower a waxless ski and it might be underpowered for some 100+ mm tele/AT skis. If you ski bc with any sort of relief you will need skins. If you buy a decent free pivot/lock down tele binding and tele/AT skis you can have lots of fun skiing the groomers from green to double black with the T2Xs if you have the skill. Many waxless skis are too light and too easily deflected for heavy duty skiing.
Thanks a lot for you advice. I still haven't made my mind up about the BC125... I'm always skeptic about anything claimed hybrid, however, some reviews make them interesting to me.
About the pivot free binding : I'm aware of that, but thanks for mentionning it again. I keep looking for a good deal on switchbacks or O1...